God’s Goodness

Marriage is like a life long course in selflessness and servitude. You put aside your own desires, in favor of those of your spouse and children. From what I can tell, it’s a beautiful thing. You go in as this person who you think you are; but with each passing day, week, month, year….you become so much more. You really don’t realize how much of a worm you were; until you look back, and see how much you’ve evolved into the beautiful butterfly that you are today.

The most beautiful thing about marriage, is that it’s an institution between God, husband and wife. God is the foundation and center of it all. He’s where our needs and desires get met. He is where the wisdom comes from on what to do daily….how to treat your spouse…..how to care for and instruct your children…..when and how to rest. He is the great gift giver; which means that our spouses and children are good and perfect gifts, and we are to steward them well.

Being a full time Stay At Home Wife & Mom (SAHWM) never entered my mind. I resisted it at first; but I’m glad I finally submitted to this treasure God had for me. I absolutely LOVE being with my children all day! They are so funny to me; and I just love how energetic and enthusiastic they are about the things that interest them. I love watching the interaction between all four of them; as well as how they interact with my husband and others. One of the greatest treasures is looking at things through their eyes. They are pureness, perpetual energy, brilliance and inquisitiveness all wrapped up into one. It’s such an honor to watch them grow holistically. My oldest son has had such discernment, ever since before he was able to talk. His spiritual eyes are open. Just last week, as I was sharing the KJV version of the Lord’s prayer that I learned as a kid, my son said: <Gasp!> “MOM!! I see the angels!” (as I was saying the prayer). My second son is very perceptive. Last week, we started reading the book of 1 Kings. As we read chapter 1, which happened to be on the day of inauguration, my second son said: “Mommy, Adonijah is Joe Biden and Solomon is President Trump.” I just admire how they so readily believe in God; and that He can do anything.

Being my husband’s wife is quite the adventure! Prior to meeting him, I never considered myself a morning person…..well at least not early morning. How did I end up with a person who got up EVERY morning at 4 am??????? In the beginning it was rough. My husband is Mr. Talkative and full of all of this energy and these great ideas in the mornings. I did not want to hear him or anyone else until after 9 am. Over time, I realized that getting up with him at 4 am was an opportunity. I could learn about everything on his mind…..no detail left out, if I got up with him. And so I did. Just when I got into the rhythm of getting up at 4, he started getting up at 2. Needless to say, part of my appreciation for being a SAHW is that I can go to bed, get up, and take naps at my leisure.

One of my favorite things about being my husband’s wife, is being a sounding board for him. One day he came home and asked my thoughts on a potentially lucrative business proposal that someone wanted him to invest in. After hearing about it, I said that it didn’t even align with who we were. He called the guy right away and declined the offer.

Though I never imagined that I’d ever be a full-time SAHWM, I am so glad that I am! I enjoy planning their meals and snacks, school days, and the challenge of keeping my home in order. I also enjoy making sure that my husband has good meals before he leaves and when he stops in during the day. I especially enjoy that God has taken such good care of me through it all. He makes sure that I have the help that I need. He makes sure that I get the breaks that I need. He makes sure that I have all that I need. I remember years ago when I saw 2 Corinthians 9:8 in bold black letters in a dream. I woke up and looked it up; and God has been true to His word without fail. When he said that He was able to make all grace (every favor and earthly blessing) COME to me in abundance; He meant it….and nothing less.

Just within the last month or so, a kind stranger paid for my groceries. My sister bought my kids a bunch of new clothes and their favorite treats. My mom also blessed my children with some of their favorite things. My chef brought us a huge box of snacks; and baked us some of her most nutritious treats. I called my husband a couple days ago to ask for the psi of my tires. He showed up two minutes later; and filled all of my tires with air. That was such a blessing; because it has been very COLD here where we live. I recognize all of these things and people to be expressions of God’s love grace being poured out on my family and me. Still one of my most favorite things that God does is the multiple flower deliveries throughout the month. I am still so grateful to God’s nature. He is SO kind and loving to us. I only desired one bouquet of flowers; but God’s thoughts were exceedingly above my thoughts and imagination. He’s so precious; and every time I receive a new flower delivery, my heart overflows with gratitude all over again. God takes care of His children; and I believe He has such a special place in His heart for wives and mothers. If you are a Stay At Home Wife and or Mom, please share how God has treasured and taken care of you.

Today’s flower delivery

Weekly Unschool Post 1

So I’m trying my hand at blogging weekly about our unschool school experiences; as opposed to monthly. Last week, we did much of our routine; which includes the following:

  • Reciting the Pledge of Allegiance
  • Singing the Star Spangled Banner
  • Declaring Psalm 91
  • Our School Declaration
  • Reciting The Lord’s Prayer
  • Praying
  • Reading the Bible (we’re wrapping up 2 Samuel)
  • Working on individual assignments
  • Outdoor Play

That is the most formal part of our day. The kids spend most of the day, doing the things that interest them. The boys are still really into building forts, building with their legos, magnatiles, blocks, lincoln logs, megablocks, cardboard and whatever else. When they work in their workbooks, they get to choose what it is that they’d like to work on for the day. They also have a list of sight and vocabulary words that they learn each week. We do this because it tends to help with their reading; which they get to select…kind of. I put the books out that I know that will interest and challenge them; and they get to choose which book(s) from that selection.

So last week, my husband decided to get the boys more involved in business; so he wrote them each $10k promissory notes; so that they could purchase an investment property. The boys have been going online every day, looking for a property. He also took them to meet an attorney, accountant and banker; as well as to a closing on a property that we had just purchased. I’ll link the video of how he prepped them for the meetings; once they are posted on Monday and Tuesday.

Our school is mostly informal; so I’m always paying attention to teachable moments and recording conversations; because so many times, it shows their interest and growth. I caught a moment at the dining room table; when we reviewed etiquette. I’ll link that video as well, as soon as it’s uploaded.

So that was our week. Grandma and Papa Jim came over; as well as bonus Grandpa Lewis. According to the kids, those were the best days ever! How’s your homeschool going?

Yonka

October Unschooling Adventures

The month of October was full  of adventures and excitement. The kids got a new school room; so we moved from the 3rd floor down to the basement. They also got to see the renovations of their new bedrooms, which brought so much excitement while observing the process. The boys even helped papa set up their new beds and bedroom furniture. We continued working on their Language Arts (Story writing, punctuation, copy work) Math (place value & analog time) and Reading (books of their choice); in addition to cursive writing & reading through the books of Samuel. It’s such a fabulous book! I remember my mom reading it to my siblings and me when we were growing up. I remember how it captured our attention and we couldn’t wait to read new chapters each day. My daughter was all in when we read about Hannah; since she shares the same name. I enjoyed it myself! It’s such fun to animate the stories and use various voices for each character. The stories are all so rich and filled with layer upon layer of revelation. We all of course loved the story of David and Goliath; David & Jonathan’s friendship, The kingdom being taken away from Saul because of his disobedience; as well as how Abigail’s wisdom saved David and brought judgement to Nabal. If you have school-age kids, these are some of THE best books in the bible to read to them! After we read, the kids got to draw something in the story that stood out to them. I LOVED it!!!

Also during the month of October, we studied the continents and oceans. This came as a result of doing the Smarty Pants trivia. We identified each continent and ocean on the globe and learned interesting facts about all of them. Homeschool Pop and National Geographic both had interesting videos about these subjects. Aside from oceans and continents, we watched the hearings of Amy Coney Barret and learned how judges become justices; and get to sit on the highest court in the land.  We also learned about appellate and circuit courts, Senate and House of Representatives; as well as who we vote for besides the president. 

We got to see our first regatta and learned about sailboat racing; on our last boat outing for the season. My second son and second daughter both had birthdays during the month. My 7 year old son made up a spelling game; so I went with it. It was great! My 8 year old son joined in as well. They were spelling both basic and not-so-basic words like bat, jump and velociraptor. I love that they would spell and spell a word, until they got it right and remembered it by heart. We went to different parks, had  playdates with friends, made new friends, went on exploratory walks, played in the rain, climbed trees, cooked (made their own toast, eggs, fish & girts{with my help]), raced their remote controlled cars with papa, figured out how to control their robots, built houses, jails & a whole lot of other things from legos. Their shows were the Berenstain Bears, Wild Kratts, Veggietales (the Groovy Brothers),SuperBook, Blippi & Peppa Pig. 

We continued our daily declaration of Psalm 91, B3 declarations, reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance & prayer. We went to the Dollar store a couple of times. The kids paid for what they wanted with their own money. Before we went to the store, they had to make sure that they had enough money, including sales tax. They’ve actually been doing this for a while. Overall, I’m satisfied with the way my children are progressing. Click here to see a short vid of some of our adventures. Thanks for reading & YHWH/God bless!

Yonka

Wellness Wednesday

A few years ago, I had been in the fitness industry for over 15 years; as a Group Fitness Instructor, Personal Trainer, Wellness Coach, Health & Wellness Director/Manager and National Trainer to fitness professionals. I began having questions and a dissatisfaction for what I was seeing in the industry. I wondered why apparently healthy people (the super-lean ones, who could run forever; and ate super-healthy diets), could have major heart attacks or drop dead in the middle of a workout. I thought about all of the conflicting diet and nutrition information that left people all kinds of confused. I wondered why this industry could have a multi-billion dollar worth; with such a poor track record. I remember reading some statistics a couple years ago that said that 90 percent or so of people in the U.S. make New Year’s resolutions (with the vast majority including weight loss goals); but 80 percent fail to attain their goals. To me, that’s a travesty.

It is such a desire in my heart to shift to YHWH/God culture in the fitness industry. It’s not all about getting a certain look, getting super lean, or looking good in a swimsuit. It’s about being a good steward of this temple that the Father has blessed us with. It’s about being connected with the Most High through our spirits; prospering our souls, by renewing out minds with the word of God; so that we can have good health (Romans 12:2 & 3 John 1:2).

I’ve started a new YouTube channel, entitled: Good Thing Fitness to begin a movement in that direction. Every workout will begin with prayer and a declaration; and will be posted twice a week (Tuesdays & Thursdays). I would love to incorporate Christian, Gospel and Worship music; but the rules for this is a bit different from using music in a live in-person class. I know there’s a way; and I’m certain that my vision will come to pass. Please feel free to check out the Good Thing Fitness channel and subscribe. Have an excellent rest of your week and I’ll be “seeing” you!

Yonka

Homeschooling…..a call

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NEVER in a million years did I EVER think I’d be homeschooling my children. It was just wasn’t anything that I had ever considered. Apparently, God had other plans. As ALWAYS, He knows best! I must say, that I do so enjoy being with my kids nearly all day every day. People always say: “Boy, you’ve got your hands full.” AND you homeschool them too?” I simply reply, my heart is full; and I do homeschool all four of them. Many of them are just looking at four children; but what they don’t see at first glance is the God who guides me and leads me in the instruction of my children. Isaiah 54:17 (MSG) says: All your children will have God for their teacher – what a mentor for your children!  I believe this with all my heart.

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We begin our mornings with prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance. We also read scripture and right now, the kids are learning Psalm 91. They have four more verses to learn, in order to memorize the whole chapter. I love this time; because they are SO inquisitive about God and ask SO many questions. A lady asked my oldest son (7) what he liked most about homeschool; to which he replied: “quiet time.” She then asked him, what’s your favorite thing about quiet time. He said: ” Talking to and listening to my God.” Her mouth dropped open.

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Monday through Friday, the kids work on Reading, Language Arts and Math; with Monday, Wednesday & Friday, being heavier Language Arts days; while Tuesday and Thursdays are heavier Math days. They do History and Science at least once a week. The kids also take art class, swim lessons, piano lessons, drum lessons, gymnastics, ninjanastics, Preschool Storytime, and are part of a Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math (STEAM) club. Besides the academic subjects, the kids are learning how to contribute to the household, to be good stewards of money utilizing the biblical money system, their part in taking care of our community; as well as widows and orphans, hearing and obeying God’s voice, how spouses work together in their different roles, how to honor God, parents, each other and others; and so much more.

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I thank God for this opportunity to minister to my children; as well as a front row seat to watch; as they grow and develop in each of their gifts and callings.  Yesterday, while working with my oldest son on his spelling words, I gave him hi-fives; because he got them all right; after only having them for a day! I was so excited and so was he; and he exclaimed: “Mom, I’m so proud of myself!” I said: I am too son! He says he loves working with me on his school work. That is certainly the grace of God! I love discovering ways to engage them in their learning. As a group fitness instructor, I  always had a plan for class; but sometimes, I could see other choreography and exercise in my head as I taught the class. Those were some of my BEST classes. I knew that the grace of God flowed through me as I taught classes; because of the effect on the people. One day, a lady came up to me after class crying; and telling me how taking my classes just lifted the depression off of her. That’s when I knew it was a God thing. It’s the same way with my children. I have lesson plans in place; but I can often see another way to get a concept across to engage them; and we have the best time! I thank God that He is leading my children’s education.

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The Excellent Woman Youtube Channel

Hello and welcome to the Excellent Woman blog! I’m Yonka, your sister in Christ/Messiah, fellow wife, mom, friend, etc. Here on this blog, you’ll find encouragement, resources to build your faith, my family’s unschooling experiences/adventures; marriage advice/tips, as well as helpful biblical information on finances. Go ahead and take a look around. Like what you see? Please subscribe. Then…..head on over to the Excellent Woman YouTube channel and check out my videos on the same topics. As you might’ve guessed, I’d greatly appreciate it if you’d like, subscribe to and share my channel. God bless you mightily in Jesus’ name, Amen!

The 8 Dimensions of Wellness – Social

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Social Wellness refers to our relationships and how we interact with other people. It involves good communication skills, respect for self and others, meaningful relationships and a good support system. According to a study by Umberson & Montez, relationships influence health through a process of reinforcing or inhibiting health-promoting or health-damaging behaviors over time. The bible is full of verses about all relationships. One of which is Proverbs 17:17, which says that a friend loves at all times; and a brother is born for adversity. Genesis 2:18 says the following: The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” Our relationships are important, even from God’s perspective.

The bible gives some good standards for our various relationships.

  1. Husband & Wife relationship:Ephesians 5:22-33; Colossians 13:18 &19
  2. Children & Parents: Ephesians: 6: 1-3
  3. Fathers & Children: Ephesians 6:4
  4. Church family: Colossians 3:12- 14
  5. Friends: Proverbs 27:5 – 6; John 15:12-15
  6. Employer & employee: Colossians 3:23; Deuteronomy 15:10; Deuteronomy 24:14

Oftentimes our relationships are mirrors that reflect the inner-workings or hidden areas of our souls. The soul is like a magnet that draws our circumstances to us. If you find that your relationships have a common theme of joy and endurance, then I’m 99.999% sure that you have mastered 2 Corinthians 10:5; and Philippians 4:8. However, if you’re like many of us who are still learning to bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ and thinking on love and positive things; then take this opportunity to make a solid decision to begin healing these toxic thoughts, feelings and emotions that have habitually created less-than-desirable circumstances in your relationships. As children, we learned how to relate to others from our family members; as well as from teachers, friends, and other group members that we were associated with. If what we’ve learned was unhealthy or dysfunctional, we can change it. Healthy relationships are ours to enjoy; as well as a component of overall wellness.

If you would like to strategies for improving the social area of wellness in your life, do consider joining me for my next All is Wellness program session beginning on March 18th. Please feel free to email me at theexcellentwoman1@gmail.com. Until next time…..many blessings!

This Thing Called Love

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Mark 12:30 & 31 (NIV) says: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.” As I thought on these verses, my mind rested on a vision that I recently had during my morning prayer time. I found myself at the feet of God as He sat on His throne. I then was cradled in His arms. I remember feeling the love radiating throughout my being. After being loved on by God, for what seemed like a little while, I found myself standing before His throne. He placed what seemed like a force-field around me. I immediately thought of my eldest son; and he suddenly appeared cradled in God’s loving arms. My son had bumped his head hard the day before. In this vision, I saw God gently rub my son’s head and a golden substance flowed from His hand to my son’s head. God then kissed him, and placed him within my force-field. One-by-one, each of my children appeared cradled in God’s arms; and he hugged and kissed them; and placed them each within my force-field. Lastly, my husband appeared in God’s arms. He did the same; and then placed my husband and his force-field around all of us. 

My reason for sharing this part of the vision, is to illustrate the Mark 12:30 & 31 principle. We can only love God, because of His first loving us. His love fills us and overflows to our neighbors. We can only love God by His strength alone (Philippians 4:13); and only with His love (1 Corinthians 13:4-8). We can’t love ourselves or others without His love. Love begins with Him. It’s His love that gives us our identity and that makes us loveable. He sees us as the apple of His eye (Zechariah 2:8, Proverbs 7:2, Psalm 17:8); and His treasured possession (Deuteronomy 7:6, 14:2, 26:18, Psalm 135:4). When we think about ourselves the way that God does, we automatically love ourselves and bring healing an order to our thoughts, body and circumstances. We automatically love our neighbors because of God’s love.

Neighbors refer to anyone who is not you (at least that’s the way that I define it for my children). In this particular post, I’m referring to spouses as our neighbors. Sometimes, marriage can be challenging when spouses are not on the same page; or if either spouse is distracted. Please take comfort in knowing that God has our backs; and is with us every step of the way. We must renew our minds to know that marriage is honorable, esteemed worthy, precious, of great price, and especially dear – in all things (Hebrews 13:4). The “high thought” of our culture about marriage is to just get out of it; if it’s not working to your satisfaction. Here’s the thing, people seem to understand that businesses, education and success in general, take years to obtain. It’s accepted and expected that there will be highs and lows, good times and not-so-great times; but you don’t give up. Marriage, just like new businesses, is like birthing a baby. You’ll often hear entrepreneurs refer to their businesses as their babies. Marriage is the same. If something’s not working, you evaluate and strategically plan to improve that area. You set goals, put standard operating procedures in place. You do all that you can to ensure the success of the marriage. It amazes me that people go to training and workshops, work long hours and such for the success of their careers; but somehow think that marriage is just going to just be successful. If no has told you before, things don’t work that way. You are supposed to have a successful marriage; but it’s probably going to require you to fight the good fight of faith (1 Timothy 6:12).

Psalm 34:19 (KJV) says: Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all. We are guaranteed victory! The scriptures are filled with encouragement for victory; as well as God’s love and faithfulness. We see it with Joseph in the prison, Daniel in the lion’s den, and the 3 Hebrew boys in the fire pit (just to name a few). They all endured some HARD circumstances, but they all overcame and were elevated.

Marriage was instituted by God, so I’m quite confident that yours will workout when you follow His lead. 1 Peter 3:8-9 (AMP) is a good guideline: Finally, all [of you] should be of one and the same mind (united in spirit), sympathizing [with one another], loving [each the others] as brethren (of one household), compassionate and courteous—tenderhearted and humble-minded. Never return evil for evil or insult for insult—scolding, tongue-lashing, berating; but on the contrary blessing—praying for their welfare, happiness and protection, and truly pitying and loving them. For know that to this you have been called, that you may yourselves inherit a blessing [from God]—obtain a blessing as heirs, bringing welfare and happiness and protection. Invest in yourself and your spouse by spending time with God. You will begin to think like God, concerning your marriage. God is THE  ultimate mastermind; and He knows how to turn around your marriage….. in 24 hours. With Him, EVERYTHING is possible. Do you believe it?!

The 8 Dimensions of Wellness – Physical

img_2611Happy Belated New Year to All who read this post! I sincerely wish you a disciplined year, so that you will accomplish all of your goals. Tonight’s post is about physical wellness; which is defined as recognizing the need for physical activity, healthy food and sleep (SAHMSA). According to a report by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) only 23% of Americans get the recommended amount of exercise. I won’t even bother with the statistics on nutrition, because it’s complete disaster. According to the National Sleep Foundation, Americans sleep an average of 7 hours and 36 minutes; which is within the sleep recommendation range, however, 35 % reported poor or fair sleep quality. In a nutshell, Americans have poor quality exercise, nutrition and sleep habits. It’s no wonder that over half of all Americans take prescription drugs; and they average taking four. That’s a lot of drugs and alot of money. Early last year, the average price for generic prescription drugs was $80 for a month’s supply. (1) $320 is quite a bit to pay for drugs that are only treating symptoms. I just don’t know how this is a viable solution to anyone. In my mind’s eye, if you have a problem, RESOLVE it! Don’t put patches on it or allow it to linger.

So what does the bible say about physical health and wellness? Concerning exercise, 1 Timothy 4:8 says that physical training is of some value. There are quite a few verses regarding nutrition. Genesis 1:29 talks about fruit and vegetables. Genesis 9:3 states that everything that moves, would be food for them. Nehemiah 8:10 talks about eating fat. Of course there’s the vegetables and water diet in Daniel 1:12. Here’s the thing to consider…..their diets were related to where they were and where they were going. When Adam and Eve were in the garden (a stress-free place), fruits and vegetables was the diet. When Noah and his sons came out of the ark to a post-flood earth, every living thing was the diet. When the children of Israel were in the desert, they ate manna, but when they entered the Canaan, the manna stopped and they ate corn and fruit from the land (Joshua 5:12). So, you have to know where you are on your journey; and how to eat optimally for it. As for sleep, there is one verse that I think is God’s intention for His people. It is Psalm 127:2 (CEB): It is pointless that you get up early and stay up late, eating the bread of hard labor because God gives sleep to those he loves.

When Jesus prayed in Matthew 6:10 – your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. When I think of heaven, I’m hard-pressed to believe that sickness or disease is there. Our bodies are God’s temple; and we are to honor God with our bodies (1 Corinthians 16:19-20). How do you do this? Is your temple reflective of heaven….fit for the King of kings to live in; or does it need some work?

Reference

1. https://www.goodrx.com/blog/are-drugs-getting-more-expensive/

 

The Soul…..the key to health

For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted people to be healthy and well. I suspected that disease and sickness were not normal. Later on, I read “Of Monkeys and Dragons” by Michele Longo O’Donnell. She confirmed my idea and introduced me to the concept that sickness and disease was intruders in our lives. We did not have to accept them. She further gave an example of how her daughter was born mentally retarded; but overcame it and became a lawyer, wife and mother in her adult life. Was this a miracle? Back then, I thought so…..until I discovered the work and research of neuroscientist Dr. Caroline Leaf, cell biologist, Bruce Lipton & medical doctor, Dr. Don Colbert. I’ve learned that EVERY thing that affects our bodies (& lives) first started as a thought. Many of us are not even aware of our thoughts or the fact that they essentially produce our lives. As Dr. Leaf says, Thoughts hold mental real estate in our brains. Toxic and negative thinking produces toxic and negative bodies and lives; just as healthy and positive thinking, produces healthy and positive bodies and lives. Proverbs 23:7 says it like this: As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.

Thinking is a law…..just like gravity, lift, disease, etc. are all laws. The good thing about laws is that they are consistent; and even better is that higher laws can help us transcend lower laws.  For example, as mentioned earlier, the law of gravity is a natural law. We know that if someone decides to jump off a building, they’re going to hit the ground. On the contrary, the law of lift transcends the law of gravity and allows for many people to fly in airplanes. Philippians 4:8 is a law. It says to think on things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, of a good report, virtuous and praiseworthy. In neuroscience, we see that our thoughts become actual things in our brains. They produce tree-like structures in our brains that communicate with the rest of our bodies. Positive thoughts look like flourishing trees; while negative thoughts look like dried up trees. It reminds me of the famous experiment lead by Dr. Masaru Emoto years ago, that showed how water crystals responded to positive and negative speech. As you might have guessed, perfect water crystals were formed when spoken to positively; while distorted water crystals were formed when spoken to negatively. This is exact effect on the “trees” in our brain when we think positively or negatively.

I said all of that to say, that our health is 20% exercise and nutrition, and 80% your thoughts or mental attitude. This is great, because we have the ability to choose the life we desire……disease-free and healthy; or disease-ridden and sickly. Deuteronomy 30:19 (CEB) puts it this way: I call heaven and earth as my witnesses against you right now: I have set life and death, blessing and curse before you. Now choose life—so that you and your descendants will live. This verse explains principles of neuroscience and epigenetics.

I discovered that my desire for people to be well, lied in 3 John 1:2: Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. The key to health & wellness lies in a prosperous (flourishing, healthy, vigorous) soul (mind, will & emotions). We have been taught that the use of affirmations can change our lives. This is a partial truth. Affirmations can actually be damaging to our brains, if there is a conflict with our actual beliefs. I offer the ALL IS WELLness program that teaches you how to properly use affirmations; as well as other tools to improve the 8 Dimensions of wellness in your life. For more information on the next session of the program beginning on 1/7/19, please feel free to email me at theexcellentwoman1@gmail.com. Until next time, be excellent!